How AFAS helped one Airman recover from Hurricane Michael. Hurricane Michael was the strongest hurricane to ever hit the Florida Panhandle. It devastated Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida. Master Sergeant Kelly Davis watched it destroy most of the air force base – leaving virtually nothing in its path untouched when it made landfall in October 2018.
AFAS helps one Airman through daughter’s recovery. Master Sergeant John Bartlow retired in March of this year after serving for 26 years in the U.S. Air Force (USAF). Coming from two generations of Airmen, he joined to serve his country and to follow in his father and grandfather’s footsteps. Being an Airman allowed MSgt Bartlow and his family to travel the world before his last duty station in Utah.
AFAS support reminds an Airman that her Air Force Family is always there to help. Staff Sergeant Sherry Greene has always had a passion for helping others, and this call to serve played a large role in her decision to join the U.S. Air Force (USAF).
Staff Sergeant Andrew Chadbourn first heard about Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) nearly a decade ago, in his early days as a newly minted Airman. Like lots of young Airmen, he didn’t think much about it at the time. As he puts it, “it wasn’t until the chips were down that the AFAS came back to mind.”
AFAS helps a young Airman honor his grandfather’s dying wish with a final visit home. Airman First Class Cody Olwine enlisted in the U.S. Air Force (USAF) because he wanted greater opportunity than he felt his small Indiana hometown could provide for him. With that opportunity, he also found a greater sense of family and community. “The Air Force is so much more than just a family. It’s having co-workers that care and genuinely try to help out in all aspects of life,” he shares.
AFAS helps a retired Airman navigate a challenging financial emergency far from home. Technical Sergeant Deborah Cowdrey grew up in a family that believed in service to one’s country. “I remember hearing President Kennedy’s famous words ‘ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country’ as a child, and that always stayed with me,” shares Tsgt Cowdrey. That desire to serve her country, as well as her dreams to travel and receive a quality education led her to the U.S. Air Force (USAF).